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Fri Apr 21 2017 14:07:57

Does This Netflix Series about an eBay Seller Ring True?

By: Ina Steiner

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Grab your popcorn, eBay sellers! Netflix is showing the world what it's like to sell online in a new series called Girl Boss based on the memoir of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal.

Will the show get it right about the joys and pitfalls of online selling? Perusing the episode summaries shows it does tackle some real-life issues: 

"When an angry bride-to-be sends back a "discolored" dress, Sophia scrambles to fix it in time for the wedding so her rating won't get ruined," is the description of episode four.

In episode seven, an online rival shows up unannounced at her apartment, and in episode ten, "members of the vintage fashion forum lash out at Sophia."

And what will happen in episode 12 when Sophia hires an Ivy League grad to build a new Nasty Gal website?

But this is fiction, not a documentary - in fact, it's only loosely based on the story of Amoruso. Mixed in with the story of starting and running an ecommerce business is the drama one might expect from TV (from a "mysterious bikini-area injury" to dating, drugs, and betrayal).

Back to real life - while Amoruso got her start on eBay, it wasn't a happy parting of the ways a few years later, and last year, following tremendous success, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy. It's hard to imagine the show will chronicle the later years, but it will be interesting to watch how the show portrays not only Nasty Gal's founder, but other sellers and eBay as well.




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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 21 14:21:49 2017

If they ever made a true documentary in this regard...it might be classified as a horror film.

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by: mcposty This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 21 16:16:01 2017

I highly d0ubt that it will show the truth of ebay since nasty girl had success on ebay.

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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 21 16:41:34 2017

Since the show is fiction, perhaps it will be heavily based on John Donahoe's ideas.

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by: ignatz This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 21 16:46:18 2017

Well let's see, it's a choice between "Bill Nye Saves the World" or this series about ebay.

Like choosing between breaking your toes or bashing your head against the wall.

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by: Frank Abagnale This user has validated their user name.

Fri Apr 21 18:09:45 2017

This series makes Duck Dynasty sound like an Emmy award winner!

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Apr 21 18:58:38 2017

It will probably be sugar coated as I can see anything bad being said about eBay leading to a lawsuit against the producers.

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by: Scotty This user has validated their user name.

Sat Apr 22 12:46:15 2017

I have noticed many of these new ''branded'' type series are primarily adver-mercials in disguise as reality shows or shows such as this one.  A new type of marketing to embed further in the maleable consumers brains and sub-conscious.

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by: steveylang This user has validated their user name.

Sat Apr 22 23:56:04 2017

Its based on her book, so it's going to be tilted towards her version of everything. Here's a good rundown-
http://www.racked.com/2017/4/20/15347040/netflix-girlboss-
sophia-amoruso-nasty-gal

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sun Apr 23 02:53:19 2017

According to the opening of each episode, it is LOOSELY based on the book.  Then it adds something like VERY loosely based.

While this show really isn't my cup of tea.  The actual Ebay specific scenes come along every now and again.  The ones I've seen are really rather accurate.  

Early in the series there was a situation for her where a gal was threatening to ruin her over a dress that was delivered with a stain on it and the buyer was extremely upset.  Sophia went to extreme lengths to get this dress fixed and delivered to her for her wedding [it was a vintage wedding dress].  It really made me laugh.  It was extreme, but her fear of the bad feedback and how it all made her feel was so accurate.

I still have a few more to watch but there is some truth in what they have on the show, it just isn't as much about Ebay as I would have liked to see.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun Apr 23 09:33:50 2017

And what will happen in episode 12 when Sophia hires an Ivy League grad to build a new Nasty Gal website?

1) Devin Wenig will ask to marry her?

2) She will replace Ole Griff on eBay radio?

3) She will get to craft eBays draconian Seller Updates?

4) She will vote to jettison Stubhub - the last money making eBay acquisition?

5) She will close down all the eBay forums?

In todays eBay, Nastygirl wouldnt have even gotten to become Meangirl, as some Filipino CS agent would have shut her account down due to too many negatives/defects.

Personally, its not even worth torrenting, since it doesnt portray THE REAL EBAY ... the (real) NASTY thing in the series.  

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by: unknown This user has validated their user name.

Sun Apr 23 12:15:43 2017

"and in episode ten, "members of the vintage fashion forum lash out at Sophia."

Poor Sophia! It was the VCA and IIRC what was not liked was her buying current chinese fringed 'flapper' dresses and reselling them in the vintage category as vintage items. That was supposedly what got her suspended from ebay which is what got her to her website. Is that in her book too?  

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by: Noneya This user has validated their user name.

Mon Apr 24 00:33:45 2017

I understand Nasty Gal got into hot water repeatedly for stealing other people's designs and knocking them off on the cheap... no interest in celebrating that sort of business person.

http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/pamela-love-sues-nasty-gal-f
or-copying-three-copyright-protected-designs

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/CultureSpyBlog/archives/2014/01/09/nasty-gal-rip-off-see-how-one-company-responds-to-copyright-theft-allegations

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by: Noneya This user has validated their user name.

Mon Apr 24 00:36:44 2017

“Forgive us for never having heard of you… Congrats, you’ve been knocked off. It’s a rite of passage” – Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso responding to jewelry designer Saylor Rose.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/32143/1/how-come-the-high-
street-can-blatantly-steal-designs

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Apr 24 08:55:39 2017

I guess the critics know what everyone ELSE does about eBay:

"Sophia doesn’t really seem interested in doing that. In fact, she seems so uninterested in doing that, that when her best (female) friend asks if she could be paid for the work she’s doing for Sophia, Sophia responds with outrage. She then suggests that she could replace her with an unpaid intern. That is not something Gloria Steinem would do. That is something Ebenezer Scrooge would do."

Hmmmmm reminds me of how eBay wants YOU to do their work for them. Pay THEM to MAYBE promote aka not hide your listings, or absorb faulty SNADS or withstand fake VERO attacks.

"This is a character who, in the first episode, casually steals a rug from a store. Her action prompts a man off screen to wonder, “Is she going to pay for that? No, I guess she’s not!”

Hmmm and eBay openly steals from its sellers - sounds the same to me!

"In future episodes, she goes on to steal a book, sodas and a Christmas tree. There are no repercussions! Seemingly, the cool feminist message here is that you need never pay for anything ever again.)"

Hmmmm eBay wants to be your unasked for partner (managed marketplace) but then never pays 1/2 the state/federal or local taxes ... they leave that all up to YOU!  eBay NEVER pays, just YOU the seller.

"At the end of the series, Sophia does note that her accomplishments were all because of the people who helped her. That sentiment is somewhat diminished by the fact that in the prior scene she does not pay the person who decorated her launch party, but does reluctantly treat them to a Snickers bar."


Thats about what eBay leaves sellers after all the fee increases (LOWEST FEES EVER), the illegal money grabs on postage and the money holds from Paypal.

Seems people do know about eBay ... they know its TRUE character and they DONT like it, at all!

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by: SmartBidder This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Apr 24 13:31:34 2017

Couldn't find Girl Boss on netflix.  It's Girlboss.

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This user has validated their user name. by: thehosst

Tue Apr 25 10:27:16 2017

Great, make scammers and abusive rats Cool Again! Wow

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Apr 26 09:14:51 2017

Sounds as if 'Nasty Gal' is just 'monetizing' her story - fictionalized, at that

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Apr 26 09:16:41 2017

Might as well watch The Bachelor or The Bachelorette or whatever they're peddling. Too many cable channels, not enough cheap programming! Make up stuff about selling on eBay - yeah, that'll bring in Boffo Ratings - NOT!

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Apr 26 23:18:02 2017

I can't blame the producers for glorifying what the viewers seem to want to view.  I would blame the viewers for not demanding better content via boycott of associated advertisers who pay for this pablum in the end analysis.

And I'm not just referring to this particular 'reality'.  



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